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LYA Israel Experience 2019 Blog

Thank you Western MA


Twenty years ago LYA made a dream a reality. In February of 1999 LYA embarked on a journey to Israel with 11 students on an uplifting trip to Israel. While our attendees, chaperones and itinerary has changed over the years, our Israel Trip Experience goals have remained the same:

  • Build a strong connection between the students to G-d & Israel
  • Compliment the well-rounded education of LYA
  • Provide a hands on learning experience
  • Teach the students about Israel, its Holiness and History
  • Build everlasting relationships among the students

It is with great pride that LYA acknowledges that in the past 20 years, with our latest trip, we have organized Israel Experiences for 154 students. What a milestone for our school in Western MA.


LYA thanks the following agencies for their financial support:

  • The Harold Grinspoon Foundation
  • The Jewish Endowment Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Western MA

We also would to thank our wonderful parents for entrusting us with their children and assisting in all of the fundraising. A trip of this magnitude occurs with the support of YOU our community. Thank you for all the honey, car wash tickets, slices of pizza, baked goods and wine that you purchased. Every purchase assisted us in reaching our fundraising goals.

While we are in Israel we are ambassadors for our amazing community. From the moment we arrive in the airport to touring Israel, people stop and speak to us. They see Longmeadow, MA on our sweatshirts and ask questions about our community. Most often when they hear the demographics, they are inspired by the fact that our community brings students to Israel every other year. This is a testimony to the connection our community has with Israel.

While we are in Israel we will be blogging. Our trip of a lifetime will begin G-d willing, Feb. 10. Please check in and read our blog and comment!!! We want to hear from you as we take you our community family to Israel with us!!

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